Assault trio behind bars

Anthony Croft
Anthony Croft

THREE men are behind bars after being sentenced to a total of 17 years in jail in connection with two violent assaults - one of which ended with a man being stabbed four times.

Anthony Croft and David McKenna – both 24 – and William Mullaney, 30, all of Skelmersdale were sentenced following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court this week.

On June 19 this year a 22-year-old man was assaulted at an address on Carfield when the three men then took him to Mullaney’s flat on Blakehall.

Once inside the flat, the victim was subjected to a further assault which included being stabbed four times, being kicked, having cigarettes put out on him and being locked in a cupboard.

The victim suffered significant injuries in the attack but has since made a full recovery.

Earlier this year on February 5, Croft and McKenna assaulted a 23-year-old woman on Hallcroft, kicking her to the head and threatening her with a knife. The woman received superficial wounds to her hands in the attack.

Croft, of Ennerdale was sentenced to nine years for assault and wounding. McKenna of Eskdale was given seven years for assault and wounding. Mullaney was sentenced to one year for assault.

DC Paul Mulrooney of Lancashire Police, said: “The behaviour of these men was unacceptable.

“We are pleased with the sentences handed down which should send out a clear message that violence of this nature will not be tolerated.

“If people do commit violent offences, they can expect us to find them and to receive a lengthy custodial sentence.”